Political pranks : the performance of radical humor

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Title: Political pranks : the performance of radical humor
Author: Vanderford, Audrey L.
Abstract: This thesis examines the performance of political pranks by contemporary radical activists and anarchists. Pranks, used symbolically to subvert authority and collapse hierarchy, have become important tools for grassroots political movements. Activists utilize pranks as a form of "culture jamming" to undermine, humiliate, and educate. This thesis documents political pranks pulled by Earth First!, the Yippies, the Biotic Baking Brigade, and the Eugene Anarchists for Torrey (EAT) Campaign to show how pranks are performed and narrated within anarchist subcultures. Drawing on cultural and performance studies, as well as on anarchist theories, this thesis demonstrates how pranks can become performances of resistance and criticism that disrupt the status quo.
Description: xi, 112 p. : ill. A print copy of this title is available through the UO Libraries under the call number: KNIGHT PN6149.P64 V36 2000
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/11764
Date: 2000-12


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